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Bromley's Bickley Park School invests £900,000 to improving facilities

PUBLISHED: 11:37 09 June 2017

Bickley Park School's pre-prep playground and sports court

Bickley Park School's pre-prep playground and sports court

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The developments will take place over the summer and be finished intimr for the 2017/18 school year

A Bromley school is investing £900,000 to improve its facilities, with plans for development over the summer.

Bickley Park School, an independent boys school founded in 1918, is carrying out the work at its pre-prep and reception years site, with the construction of new classrooms and a re-fresh of its sports hall among the plans.

Modernisation work has been carried out in recent years, alongside extensions for a theatre and music studio.

Samik Patel, assistant head and director of school development, said: “These works will complete our cycle of investment in the pre-prep department. This has been planned to tie in with our strategy of building from the bottom – giving our pupils the best possible grounding as they start their educational journey.

“The development scheme will significantly enhance our facilities making the school an exciting place to learn.”

Building work set to take place over the summer, includes, overhauling the pre-prep reception area and creating a registrar’s office and improving entrance security; replacing a dining area and staff room with extra year one and two classrooms; improving the sports hall with upgrades to lighting, heading and equipment; and building three reception classrooms.

Mr Patel added that “significant investment” was also planned for the prep site but this was still being finalised.

The works to the pre-prep site come after a new timber trail, outdoor classroom and astro-turf pitch were installed over summer 2016.

Patrick Wenham, headteacher at Bickley Park, said all the investment was geared towards the pupils, “giving them the best environment for learning that was motivational, as well as fun.”

He added: “We know tailoring the curriculum to respond to male learning traits has tangible benefits and providing the right environment in which to provide this is just as important as the way classes are taught.

“The improvements to the pre-prep department will include providing larger, lighter learning spaces. The greatest leaps in learning occur early in a child’s education so it is important to invest well at this important stage.”

The improvement works are due to be completed in time for the start of 2017/18 school year.

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